Gems and precious stones… Timeless, natural beauty of the graceful mineral world.
The genius Nikola Tesla once said: ‘In a crystal we have the clear evidence of the existence of a formative life-principle, and though we cannot understand the life of a crystal, it is none the less a living being.’
And so it is. Precious stones have a very long history with man, but what is most important of all, there is an unbreakable bond between gemstones and humanity. For instance, stone bowls, lucky charms, amulets and other jewelry accessories have been found by gemologists in prehistoric caves dating back to the 30th century. Babylonians, Egyptians, Romans and Greeks were fascinated by the discovery of precious stones, so they fully implemented them in their cultures by using them as talismans to medicine and burial items.
In this article, we will give you an insight into the most interesting myths and legends about gemstones that have been fascinating the world of jewelry up to the present day.
In Greek mythology, there is a popular myth about the creation of the adorable amethyst. Dionysus, the God of wine, celebration and joviality, became very angry at the mortals, so one day, he decided to take revenge by letting his fierce tigers to cram down the next mortal that will cross his path. Thus, he spotted Amethysta, a beautiful maiden that was on her way to the Goddess Diana’s temple. The enraged Dionysus detained Amethysta and unleashed the hungry tigers to devastate her. The Goddess Diana noticed what was about to happen, so in order to safe the young maiden, she turned her into a statue of sparkling, clear quartz. Due to the failure of his plan, Dionysus got overwhelmed with remorse, so he started weeping tears of wine over the quartz statue. And this is how the charming purple amethyst came to this world.
According to an old Egyptian legend, the hallowed tourmaline stone travelled its long journey from Earth to the heart of the Sun by passing through glowing rays and vivid rainbows. Along its way, the tourmaline collected all these colors, hence the reason why this gemstone is found in so many vibrant hues.
A Vedic legend tells that there was a battle between the Demon Bali and Lord Vishnu. The Lord defeated Bali by breaking his evil body into many pieces. As these pieces were falling down to Earth, they were turning into different jewels. It is believed that the moonstone gem, also known as "chandrakanta", was created from the glimmer of God Bali’s eyes.
There is a legend in the native American folklore saying that once upon a time, there was a chief whose skin was colored in the hue of turquoise. When he was running from the enemies in the hot desert, drops of his sweat were falling to the ground, collecting in rocks, thus forming beautiful, azure, turquoise gemstones.
Written by: Liljana Tomova